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Monday Habs Headlines: Is the Rookie Showdown worth the risks?

In today’s links, is there any value to the rookie showcase, Pacioretty is poised to bounce back, and Duchene’s refusal to commit.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • With another Canadiens prospect injured due to a reckless hit during the Rookie Showdown, questions start to arise regarding whether these games are really worth participating in. [Sportsnet]
  • Max Pacioretty is set to return to his old ways statistics wise, next season. [NHL]
  • New Canadiens draftee Allan McShane sat down to answer some questions about what to expect from him next season. [OHL]
  • Meanwhile, fellow 2018 draftee Cameron Hillis expanded on his training habits and what he plans to accomplish out on the ice. [TSN 690]
  • Jesperi Kotkaniemi’s strong performance at rookie camp might just help him land a roster spot on the big club. [NHL]
  • The Montreal Canadiens might be sending a message to both old players and new alike, with their allotment of numbers at rookie camp. [Montreal Gazette]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Matt Duchene isn’t quite ready to commit to the Ottawa Senators, without getting an update on how the team plans to deal with Erik Karlsson and Mark Stone. [NHL]
  • Nate Schmidt’s suspension has gotten a variety of responses from across the NHL. [The Athletic]
  • The Philadelphia Flyers will start the season without the services of defenceman Andrew MacDonald. [Broad Street Hockey]
  • Connor McDavid seems to believe that his Oilers squad can rebound from their terrible performance last season. [TSN]
  • Novak Djokovic blew past Juan Martin del Potro to claim his third US Open championship. [Sportsnet]